The number of French students in the U.S. rose steadily in the 1990s until it peaked at 7,401 students in 2001/2002. After a four-year decline, international students from France began to rise again in 2005/2006 and rose by 5.2% in 2007/2008.
Education abroad has increasingly become an important factor for French university graduates seeking to stand out in the employment market, especially with the expansion of the European Union. English is now effectively the business language of Europe.
Best prospects within this sector include: intensive “American” English language training programs (summer programs for students or adults); programs in business administration; one-year university programs for French high-school graduates (post-baccalaureate) usually between graduation and entry into French university; secondary boarding schools; work/study programs (internships); academic summer camps; and undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Opportunities exist for U.S. schools wishing to expand their enrollment of French students. A select number of undergraduate and graduate students prefer to go abroad to expand their university and post-graduate training and experience. For the academic year 2007-2008, they were 7,050 students from France studying in the USA (up 5.2% from the previous year). France is the eighteenth leading place of origin for international students in the United States. Opportunities for U.S. schools are expected to continue growing due to the favorable view of the French toward studies in the United States. American educational institutions should increase their efforts to promote their programs in France. There is an increased competition from other markets – Australia, U.K. South Africa, New Zealand, other EU countries, due to the ease of the application process and the perception of saving money.